Last week, lawyering took on a fresh new face when teams from around the region converged on Batavia to participate in the district mock trial competition. Winning the district meet was St. Xavier High School, which will advance with Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington, Batavia, Eastern Brown and Reading high schools to the regional competition.
A recent inspection by the National Institute of Corrections found the Clermont County Jail in good order, both physically and operationally, and suggested that local officials create a committee to help keep the system running smoothly.
Nearly seven months after the death of three-year-old foster child Marcus Fiesel, the murder trial of accused foster-mother Liz Carroll has begun. Nearly 130 prospective jurors were called and appeared before Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert Ringland Feb. 12. Of those that appeared, a pool of 31 was selected for consideration to serve as jurors in the murder trial.
The University of Cincinnati Clermont College hosted many family-friendly activities Saturday, Feb. 10 as part of the Cincinnati Fine Arts Sampler Weekend. Joining dozens of other venues around the greater Cincinnati area, U.C. Clermont participates in the fine arts festival every year. A traditional event in Cincinnati designed to highlight and showcase the very best arts that the community has to offer, the fine arts sampler weekend is a free, two-day annual event which includes all arts disciplines.
Troop Box Ministries is holding a fund-raising concert to benefit the U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and across the globe. The fund-raiser, featuring live singing performances by the Souternaires of Dayton, the Phil Lawrence family of Winchester, and the Old Path bluegrass group, will be held at the St. Bernadette Church in Amelia 6 p.m. March 24.
A nine-year-old girl died Tuesday from injuries sustained from being struck by a falling branch. The incident, which occurred in Miami Township, was believed to be the result of ice building up on the branch and causing it to snap.
The Clermont Citizen’s Corps is hoping for a rousing turnout of potential volunteers for a training seminar March 10. The seminar, which will be held at the Clermont County Fairgrounds beginning at 10 a.m., would be the first in what the corps hopes will be an ongoing effort to organize and promote volunteerism in the county.
The six inches of snow that mother nature dropped on the county last week was no match for the Clermont County Engineer’s Office. The county engineer’s office has three salt storage sites in Batavia, Miami Township, and Washington Township. Villages and townships maintain their own sites, but the county does share with any county areas that may run short on supplies. Last week’s snow event, Feb. 6 and 7, cost the county close to $70,000. Included in this cost was the 50,000 pounds of salt that drivers dropped on the roads, fuel and other miscellaneous maintenance expenses, and the labor involved.
The village of Batavia will be continuing its financial support of the Main Street Program. Council voted 5-1 to authorize the third and final $7,000 payment to the Heritage Ohio, the organization which administers the Ohio Main Street program, at it February meeting. The lone dissenting vote was cast by councilwoman Summer Tyler.
The West Clermont School District suffered another defeat at the polls after a snowy day of voting. On Feb. 6, approximately 7,000 voters cast their ballots and of that, about 57 percent cast a dissenting vote for the bond issue.